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Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company presents comical compilation of Christmas classics

COURTESY PHOTO - Actors Ian Leiner, Kaleb Hood and Matthew Lewis present Every Christmas Story Ever Told at Boring theater through Dec. 22. Ever have trouble this time of year picking a favorite holiday story?

So did playwrights Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez about 12 years ago. The plethora of seasonal satires, Christmas comedies and festive farces led to the creation of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)," which Boring's own Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co. has now adapted and will show through Dec. 22.

In this merry mashup, actors Ian Leiner, Kaleb Hood and Matthew Lewis attempt to re-enact and also explain a series of holiday traditions and stories from all over the globe, including tales of Santa Claus' counterparts in countries like Holland, Spain and Germany and an interesting compilation of well-known stories adapted and dramatized for your entertainment.

If you like comedy, there is undoubtedly a scene of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told" for you. It's the everyman's holiday show, with a story for everyone.

The three actors, with help from a chorus of young thespians, skillfully recreate (almost) all of your favorite holiday classics and with hysterical enthusiasm. Their teamwork on stage is akin to a certain troupe of well-known reindeer, as they weave a whole new holiday tradition out of many.

Though the play is overall suitable for all ages, there are a few warnings to heed if taking children. Besides a handful of innuendos scattered throughout the show, parents may also want to be aware that the existence of Santa is called into question in some scenes.

(Leiner, who ironically plays Scrooge throughout, gives a fairly undeniable rundown of reasons why the jolly old elf couldn't possibly exist. So, if you fear a barrage of questions on the car ride home, maybe sit this one out or pre-empt the play with a one-on-one talk.)

There is also a small dose of audience participation expected, so don't be a grinch, and let yourself be part of the fun. Leiner, Hood and Lewis do a great job at incorporating participants from the audience while keeping the play flowing and comical.

Performances run through Dec. 22 with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 Grange St., Boring. Those who attend in festive attire may be rewarded.

For more information, visit nnbtheater.com.


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